Andy Murray Ends Season with Emphatic ATP Final Victory

Andy Murray cemented his status as the number one tennis player in the world, a ranking he will carry over the holidays until the new season begins in 2017 by virtue of a rather dominant 6 – 3, 6 – 4 victory over Novak Djokovic, who could have wrested away the prestigious season-ending number one…

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Aussie Gridiron Punters Alter Landscape of Game

One inescapable conclusion of the influx of Australian punters into the major U.S. college ranks of the NCAA and from there to the NFL is that fewer punts are being returned and for a much lower yards-per-return average. Aussies who earned their kicking boots on rugby and Aussie rules grounds have changed the special teams…

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2012 Brownlow Award to Mitchell and Cotchin Raises Issues

When is an award not really an award, but an afterthought? Of late, the International Olympic Committee was stripping medals away from athletes found to have been using banned substances in the 2008 Beijing Games, catching the perpetrators with improved testing methods applied to samples that are stored for 10 years. Many other sporting events…

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LeBron Takes Umbrage to Phil Jackson Assessment

LeBron James, in what could be characterized as an expected retort to Phil Jackson’s recent less-than-complimentary characterization of James’ insatiable thirst for “respect,” did not dispute the allegation that he demanded or was entitled to special treatment, but instead took issue with Jackson’s use of the word “posse” to describe James’ desire to hang out…

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Hawthorn Great Sam Mitchell Receives Retroactive Brownlow

Team success in the AFL rarely equates to individual honours, at least not on a league-wide basis, and no stronger evidence supports this than the history of the Brownlow Medal. South Melbourne, perennial spooners for so much of their VFL/AFL existence and only resurrected relatively recently by relocating to Sydney, have 14 Brownlow winners, four…

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To Scottish Rugby Fans Draw with Kiwis Requires Celebration

To some diehard Braveheart fans, the draw with New Zealand was a victory of sorts, albeit a hollow one, since a draw satisfies no one, really, but the rugby team from the highlands of the home of the Loch Ness monster took the result in Four Nations play as a positive sign nonetheless. It was…

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Heart of Hamilton Still Beats But Rosberg Could Arrest

Lewis Hamilton grabbed the pole from his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix for the first time in three seasons. The two drivers are far in front of their nearest competition, Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Team Red Bull, and a victory by Rosberg would clinch the season title for him,…

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NRL for 2017 More or Less Maintains Status Quo

Change is constant for all of us, and the NRL is no exception, with many clubs undergoing major overhauls ahead of 2017, with a few remaining largely intact, yet for some, 2017 will hopefully produce vastly different results. Overall, the upcoming season will differ substantially from the one just past. With the pre-season upcoming, here…

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Early 2016 – 2017 NBA Action Season Moves Into Gear

Andrew Bogut and the Dallas Mavericks went to the pleasant climes of Los Angeles recently and collected their first road victory of the year, a 109 – 97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Bogut did not have a good shooting night, making only one of five attempts, but to his credit, the big man…

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Next Stop for Barba: Storm, Bulldogs, Knights, Dragons

Assuming he can get his life and affairs in order, which we hope can be the outcome, where does Ben Barba go to resume his rugby career? The blemish on his record is one that is not easy to erase. Two run-ins with illicit recreational drugs would seem to be the final nail in the…

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